january 2015

>>>reading in progress: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (essays), History of the Rain by Niall Williams (novel), Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis (novel), The Unvanquished by William Faulkner (novel), and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare (play),

december 2014

  • Nora Webster by Colm Toibin (novel)
  • Someone by Alice McDermott (novel)
  • Henry IV, Part One by William Shakespeare (play)

november 2014

  • Animal, Mineral, Radical by BK Loren (essays)
  • Theft by BK Loren (debut novel)
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild and other stories by Doris Betts (stories)

october 2014

  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (novel)
  • The New Valley by Josh Weil (debut novellas)
  • The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (novel)

september 2014

  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (young adult novel)
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (novel)

august 2014

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Bound by Antonya Nelson (novel)
  • Shepherd by Richard Gilbert (debut memoir)

july 2014

  • Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon (novel)
  • Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist (stories)
  • The Anna Papers by Ellen Gilchrist (reread)

june 2014

may 2014

  • Richard II by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Sparta by Roxana Robinson (novel)
  • King John by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tart [771 pages!] (novel)

april 2014

  • Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Pat Boone Fan Club by Sue William Silverman (memoir)
  • Resuscitation of a Hanged Man by Denis Johnson (novel)

march 2014

  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee (debut stories)

february 2014

  • Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III (linked novellas)
  • Mystery Ride by Robert Boswell (novel/reread)
  • Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (play)

january 2014

  • The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (play)
  • The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante (novel)
  • The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (debut novel)

december 2013

  • Silverchest by Carl Phillips (poetry)
  • Small Change by Elizabeth Hay (linked stories)
  • Still Writing by Dani Shapiro (nonfiction)
  • Tumbledown by Robert Boswell (novel)

november 2013

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Life Drawing by Robin Black (novel)

october 2013

  • Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson (novel)

september 2013

  • Richard III by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (novel)
  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (debut novel)

august 2013

  • Westerly by Will Schutt (poetry)
  • The Saddest Music Ever Written by Thomas Larson (nonfiction)
  • Henry VI, Part Three by William Shakespeare (play)

july 2013

  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (debut novel)
  • Henry VI, Part One by William Shakespeare (play)
  • Henry VI, Part Two by William Shakespeare (play)

june 2013

  • Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt (novel)
  • The Season of Open Water by Dawn Tripp (novel)
  • The Paper Anniversary by Joan Wickersham (novel)

may 2013

april 2013

march 2013

  • Tenth of December by George Saunders (stories)
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (novel)

february 2013

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (debut novel)
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (debut novel)
  • Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwrtz (novel)
  • Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt (novel)

january 2013

  • Seasons in Love by Dave Malone (poetry)
  • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (debut novel)
  • The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham (stories)
  • Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (novella)

december 2012

november 2012

october 2012

  • A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter (novel)
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (letters)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (debut novel)
  • Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (stories)

september 2012

august 2012

july 2012

  • Straight Man by Richard Russo (novel)
  • The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (nonfiction)
  • The Infinite Tides by Christian Kiefer (novel/debut)
  • Unconventions by Michael Martone (craft)
  • Four for a Quarter by Michael Martone (book)
  • The Burning House by Paul Lisicky (novel)
  • Florida by Christine Schutt (novel)

june 2012

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese [658 pages!] (novel/debut)
  • Nobody Wakes Up Pretty by Diane Lefer (novel)
  • Into This World by Sybil Baker (novel)
  • Michael Martone by Michael Martone (fiction)
  • Best Words, Best Order by Stephen Dobyns (essays)
  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (essays)
  • After This by Alice McDermott (novel)
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson (novel/debut)

may 2012

  • Normal People Don’t Live Like This by Dylan Landis (stories/debut)
  • The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton (novel)
  • The Art Lover by Carole Maso (novel)
  • The Bradshaw Variations (novel)
  • The Bradshaw Variations [nope, not a mistake–finished the last page and turned to the first to read it again] (novel/reread)
  • The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin (novel)

april 2012

march 2012

  • Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston (novel)

february 2012

january 2012

  • Volt by Alan Heathcock (stories/debut)
  • Torch by Cheryl Strayed (novel/debut)

december 2011

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell (novel)
  • The Empty Family by Colm Toibin (stories)

november 2011

  • An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski (nonfiction)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (novel)
  • We The Animals by Justin Torres (novel/debut)

october 2011

  • Notes Home From a Prodigal Son by Douglas Glover (essays)
  • The Court of Common Pleas by Alexandra Marshall (novel/reread)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (novel/reread)

september 2011

  • No Place on Earth by Christa Wolf (novel)
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (novel)

august 2011

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (novel)
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (novel/reread)
  • Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler (novel/reread)

july 2011

june 2011

may 2011

april 2011

  • This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey by Steve Almond (essays and stories)
  • The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera (craft)
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit (essays)
  • Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston (novel)
  • Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann (stories)

march 2011

  • The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley (stories and a novella)
  • Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster (craft)
  • How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler (novel)

february 2011

january 2011

december 2010

  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (novel)
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (novel/did not finish)

november 2010

  • Old Border Road by Susan Froderberg (novel/debut)
  • Evocative Objects edited by Sherry Turkle (essays)
  • Coming to Writing and Other Essays by Helene Cixous (essays)
  • By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (novel)
  • Journeyman’s Wages by Clemens Starck (poetry)
  • Shakespearean Design by Mark Rose (craft)
  • Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (novel/reread)

october 2010

  • Jesus’ Son by Dennis Johnson (stories/reread)
  • Words Overflown by Stars edited by David Jauss (craft essays from the Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty)
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (novel)

september 2010

august 2010

july 2010

june 2010

  • Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn (stories/debut)
  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike (novel)
  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (stories)

may 2010

  • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (novel/reread)
  • Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (novel)
  • Verging on the Pertinent by Carol Emshwiller (stories)

april 2010

march 2010

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (nonfiction)
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood (craft)
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (stories)
  • Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright (novel/debut)

february 2010

  • Love and Summer by William Trevor (novel)
  • Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel (stories)
  • Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (novel/debut)
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace (essays)

january 2010

december 2009

  • Mentors, Muses, & Monsters edited by Elizabeth Benedict (essays)
  • The Signal by Ron Carlson (novel)

november 2009

  • An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay (novel/debut)
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera (novel)
  • Things You Should Know by A. M. Homes (stories)

october 2009

  • A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers (poetry)
  • Snoop by Sam Gosling (nonfiction)
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (novel)
  • The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds (novel)
  • poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldrigde (craft)
  • wildlives by Monique Proulx (novel)

september 2009

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (novel)
  • Speak Low by Carl Phillips (poetry)

august 2009

july 2009

  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace (essay)
  • The Way to Write by John Fairfax and John Moat (craft)
  • The Best American Short Stories 2008 edited by Salman Rushdie (story anthology)

june 2009

may 2009

april 2009

march 2009

  • House of Light by Mary Oliver (poetry)
  • The Secret Currency of Love edited by Hilary Black (essays)
  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin (nonfiction)
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (novel/reread)

february 2009

january 2009

december 2008

november 2008

october 2008

september 2008

august 2008

july 2008

june 2008

  • The Heart is a Loney Hunter by Carson McCullers (novel/reread)
  • The Problem with Paradise by Lesley Dahl (novel/YA)
  • Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (novel)
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (memoir)
  • Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (novel)
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie (novel)
  • Late Wife by Claudia Emerson (poetry)

may 2008

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (stories/linked)
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan (novel)
  • A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist (brand new novel!)
  • The Spy who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre (novel)

april 2008

  • Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti (stories/debut)
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (novel)
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (novel)
  • The Gateway by T. M. McNally (stories)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (novel)

march 2008

february 2008

january 2008

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (novel)
  • Five Skys by Ron Carlson (novel)
  • Ron Carlson Writes a Story by Ron Carlson (craft)
  • The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter (craft)
  • Fugitive Blue by Dani Shapiro (novel)


Please post a comment if you have any questions about these books.

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  2. Hey Hope! Nice to see you here. I’ve just read the first page of The Signal, and with your words I can’t wait to pick it back up again tonight. I see you liked Five Skies as well. So did I. I appreciate your leaving a comment!

    • Elizabeth, thanks for leaving a comment here. I have to say, I’m a list-maker so it just seemed natural to keep a list of the books I read. And I love reading others’ lists. Nice to know you!

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